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Korean media has increasingly become a normal part of our lives. From music to TV and film, let’s face it — we love all things Korean!
We especially love Korean film for its great production, expert artists, and overall ability to make us feel something. If you’re looking to watch a movie that’ll leave you with a little more than what you came in with, check out our list of uplifting Korean films.
The Way Home (2002)
A gentle, poignant reminder of the unbreakable bonds between family, The Way Home paints a picture of a young city boy on a summer visit to his mute grandmother’s house in the countryside. Expectedly, the two do not mix well, but eventually something beautiful forms from their stark differences. It’s a simple tale, but a powerful one that will surely touch the sentimental corners of your hearts.
Sunny is the perfect film for those who love good fun and nostalgia. It centers around the friendship between seven girls and the hijinks they encounter as they live through life in 1980s Korea. The film jumps back and forth between the future and flashbacks, fully capturing the entire cycle of the girls’ tender friendship. Grab some gal pals and maybe some tissues for this delightful and joyful film.
Based on best-selling novel titled Wandeuk, Punch revolves around the unconventional relationship between troublemaker Wan-deuk and his neighborhood teacher, Dong-ju. They’re at constant odds, but as time passes, they’re able to learn a couple life lessons from each other. The film is remarkable because it introduced uncommon themes to Korean viewers — multicultural families, intercultural marriages, flaws in the Korean education system, the plight of migrant workers, and much more. If anything, watch this film if you want to laugh and cry and feel all the feels at once.
Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
If you haven’t watched this Korean movie yet, you need to sit down and get to watching ASAP! Miracle in Cell No. 7 shows the struggles of a mentally challenged man who is wrongfully imprisoned amongst a cell full of criminals. As time passes, friendships form as the man’s newfound buddies attempt to help him reunite with his young daughter. Full of heart, comedy, and everything in between, Miracle in Cell No. 7 is one of the most unforgettable films you can watch to date.
Inseparable Bros (2019)
Based on true events, Inseparable Bros follows wheelchair-bound Se-Ha and mentally stunted Dong-goo as best friends who have supported each other for the past 20 years. They undergo a transformative change when they encounter a woman who aims to show them what living is all about. The film touches on prejudice, family, and the strong bonds of friendship; in other words, prepare yourself for a truly inspiring and heartwarming film.